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This Week’s CSA Box

Veggie Tips

Basil – Basil is a sign that summer is here! Remember that basil should not go in the refrigerator. Instead, keep it on the counter, out of the sun, in a glass of water (like a bouquet of flowers) and loosely cover it with a plastic bag. Change the water regularly and you will have good looking basil for at least two weeks. You can also make pesto and freeze it. Basil goes well with a lot of produce, especially zucchini. See our Recipe of the Week.


Cabbage – Cabbage stores well, so it’s not a problem to keep it for another week if this week isn’t feeling like a cabbage. But it also pairs well with other items in your box this week. Like with zucchini and basil in summer rolls or potatoes. See our note below about cabbage.


Carrots – The last carrots of spring! Carrots aren’t the easiest to grow and harvest, but they’re so good. We’re a big fan of snacking on them raw, but you can add them to other dishes, raw or cooked. Like this soba noodle dish with zucchini. See our Recipe of the Week.


Peaches – No recipes needed, right? Store on the counter if possible, but they can be put in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process, if necessary. You can speed up the ripening by keeping them in the paper bag – this traps the ethylene gas that they naturally emit.


Garlic – The garlic is now fully cured and dried and can sit out on the counter. No refrigeration needed. See our Recipe of the Week. 


Potatoes – Remember to store your new potatoes in the refrigerator. See our Recipe of the Week.


Zucchini – Another summer staple has arrived! And it’s one of the most versatile summer staples – it’s good raw, grilled, sautéed, roasted, and more and can always turn into a loaf of zucchini bread! Zucchini can really absorb a lot of flavors, but also can be tasty when prepared simply, especially with basil. We have many great recipes on our website and this website has a great collection of zucchini recipes. Squash should be stored in the refrigerator, ideally in a bag. Store zucchini in the fridge, whole, dry and unwashed in a plastic or paper bag. The key to keeping zucchini fresh for longer is to make sure it stays as dry as possible. Many folks recommend keeping one end of the bag open to encourage air circulation and keeping them in the crisper drawer. See our Recipe of the Week.


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This Week’s CSA Box

Veggie Tips 

Green Beans: See our Recipe of the Week.

Peaches: They’re so good to eat fresh that you may as well skip the pie.

Melon: Ice, melon, some yogurt and some milk blended together make a great smoothie to start the day.

Shallots: “I always have a few shallots in my kitchen, because they are hands-down the best allium that has ever existed (and will ever exist, for that matter).”  — Christina Holmes of Bon Appetit.  See our Recipe of the Week.

Peppers: This year Peter Piper would be picking a peck of PROLIFIC peppers since none of our peppers are pickled out in the field.

Potatoes:  There are many recipes that use potatoes in the Full Belly archive.

Tomatoes:  Make a chunky, quick sauce for an omelet by cutting the tomatoes into chunks and lightly cooking them with a few of the shallots.

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